inauguration http://wlrn.org en Poet Richard Blanco Reads Tonight In Miami http://wlrn.org/post/poet-richard-blanco-reads-tonight-miami <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When </span><a href="http://www.richard-blanco.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Richard Blanco</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> got the call that he'd been chosen to write a poem for President Obama's second inauguration, at first he thought it was a prank. He still has no idea how he ended up on the President's radar.</span></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 11:30:36 +0000 Alicia Zuckerman 9451 at http://wlrn.org Poet Richard Blanco Reads Tonight In Miami Is Florida Driving Us Crazy? http://wlrn.org/post/florida-driving-us-crazy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On the Florida Roundup: From immigration reform to gay rights, we’ll discuss how the president’s inauguration speech resonated here.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 8301 at http://wlrn.org Is Florida Driving Us Crazy? Richard Blanco Wrote His Poem For The Inauguration, Now Here's Yours http://wlrn.org/post/richard-blanco-wrote-his-poem-inauguration-now-heres-yours <p>Richard Blanco wasn't the only poet to pen a line for President Barack Obama's second inauguration. Last week, our partners at The Takeaway asked for <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/how-you-can-write-poem-president-0">your help writing a poem</a> for the inauguration.&nbsp;</p><p>Poet Kwame Dawes wrote the first line--"Say 'nation.' In the Wake of quarrels, say 'hope'"--and the audience tweeted the rest of the lines.</p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 14:00:00 +0000 WLRN Staff 8117 at http://wlrn.org Richard Blanco Wrote His Poem For The Inauguration, Now Here's Yours On Inauguration And MLK Day, South Floridians Agree That Diversity Takes 'Work' http://wlrn.org/post/inauguration-and-mlk-day-south-floridians-agree-diversity-takes-work <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">In recent years, parallels have often been drawn between South Florida's diverse population and the multi-cultural America that President Obama will be presiding over for a second term.&nbsp; But some South Floridians feel that cooperation between various racial and cultural groups is still a work in progress.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Christine DiMattei 8104 at http://wlrn.org On Inauguration And MLK Day, South Floridians Agree That Diversity Takes 'Work' What Martin Luther King Day Means To Diverse South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/what-martin-luther-king-day-means-diverse-south-florida <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>People across South Florida's diverse communities and cultures marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year is also the&nbsp;50th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 00:01:58 +0000 Arianna Prothero 8101 at http://wlrn.org What Martin Luther King Day Means To Diverse South Florida Richard Blanco, Inaugural Poet, Lived 'The Quintessential American Experience' http://wlrn.org/post/richard-blanco-inaugural-poet-lived-quintessential-american-experience <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Richard Blanco is home now, back in Miami after a six-year journey that launched the award-winning poet and FIU double-graduate into what was supposed to be the “real America.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“The great prodigal return,” he calls it, the irony evident in his voice – not only about the places he’s been, but about the place he’s come back to. The journey has shaped much of Blanco’s recent poetry, and his evolving sense of identity as a writer, as the son of Cuban immigrants and as an American.</span></p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 22:06:00 +0000 Steve Watkins 8084 at http://wlrn.org Richard Blanco, Inaugural Poet, Lived 'The Quintessential American Experience' AUDIO: Cuban-Born Minister Encourages Tolerance At Inaugural Benediction http://wlrn.org/post/audio-cuban-born-minister-encourages-tolerance-inaugural-benediction <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In his inaugural&nbsp;benediction, <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/priest-came-through-miami-cuba-earn-place-obamas-second-inaugural">Cuban-born Rev. Luis&nbsp;León</a>&nbsp;spoke to all Americans, disregarding lines of race, economic standing and</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;sexuality</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:42:40 +0000 Allison Goodman 8093 at http://wlrn.org AUDIO: Cuban-Born Minister Encourages Tolerance At Inaugural Benediction AUDIO: Full Text Of Richard Blanco's Poem For The Inauguration http://wlrn.org/post/audio-full-text-richard-blancos-poem-inauguration <p></p><p>Richard Blanco's inaugural poem, One Today, may have addressed&nbsp;the whole nation, but the details were full of South Florida.&nbsp;</p><p>A father's hands callused by cutting sugar cane, a mother who taught Blanco to speak Spanish--these are some of the personal details that worked their way into the poem.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:01:30 +0000 Sammy Mack 8075 at http://wlrn.org AUDIO: Full Text Of Richard Blanco's Poem For The Inauguration Miami Poet Richard Blanco Puts FIU In The Creative Writing Spotlight http://wlrn.org/post/miami-poet-richard-blanco-puts-fiu-creative-writing-spotlight <p>Richard Blanco will likely be Florida International University's most talked-about graduate today.</p><p>The 44-year-old is the youngest, first openly gay and first Hispanic inaugural poet.</p><p>Blanco has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from FIU as well as a Masters of Fine Arts from FIU's creative writing program.</p><p>If it seems like Blanco came out of nowhere, author and Virginia Tech professor Ed Falco begs to differ.</p><p>"Well FIU, first of all," he said, "has one of the best poetry programs in the country."</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 16:32:06 +0000 Kenny Malone 8069 at http://wlrn.org Miami Poet Richard Blanco Puts FIU In The Creative Writing Spotlight